Missoula’s Physical Therapists Since 1984.
Valley Physical Therapy is a locally owned and independent private practice that has been serving our local community since 1984. We are also physical therapist-owned and that means we value quality, personalized care for our patients. Our team consists of talented employees - both clinical and non-clinical - who have a strong reputation for clinical quality, effective outcomes and positive customer service.
Our mission is to provide quality, comprehensive physical therapy services through growing knowledge and skills, empowerment of clients, and promotion of health and wellness. We emphasize individual client evaluation and treatment to help clients meet their personal goals.
For Your Health...
FOOD SENSITIVITIES: HOW SUGAR AND GLUTEN CAN CAUSE CHRONIC INFLAMMATION
An allergy is defined as an overreaction of the immune system or the natural defense system. The body responds as if it is under attack. When this happens the body releases antibodies which trigger inflammation.
Sometimes food allergies are difficult to diagnose. If you begin to take note how certain foods affect you on a daily basis you may notice a pattern. Sometimes seemingly disconnected symptoms make it difficult to recognize an allergic response. Some people find it helpful to keep a diary and keep track of how they feel. Sensitivities are also difficult as we may not react with stereotypical allergy symptoms. You may have a cumulative effect of an overload of different allergens. An allergic response engages the inflammatory cascade. This can have serious health effects over time, including respiratory ailments, skin conditions, mood disorders, and GI symptoms. You may have a headache, skin rash, sinus congestion, fatigue, mood change, or other physical symptoms. Sometimes there is a delayed response with antibodies causing confusing symptoms occurring as much as 72 hours after the substance has caused exposure. If symptoms go undiagnosed for long periods of time this may lead to chronic inflammation and body toxicity.
Every substance that can be eaten, inhaled, or touched can be a potential allergen. How it affects you depends on your individual genetic profile and how well your system is running. Emotional stress, lifestyle, diet, and physical environment are important as this defines the negative effects that your body must detoxify. The cumulative effect of diet, emotional stress, and hormone imbalances can play a role.
Some common food allergies and sensitivities include dairy, wheat and other gluten containing grains, corn, soy, shellfish, MSG, and artificial preservatives; to name a few.
One surprising substance that we may be unaware of causing health problems is sugar. Too much carbohydrate with high glycemic value, (i.e. high fructose corn syrup) places high demand on the digestive system interfering with absorption of crucial vitamins and minerals. This suppresses and challenges the immune system, depleting neurotransmitters, changing metabolism, and causing imbalance in body chemistry. This can lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, confusion, forgetfulness, ADHD, depression, muscle cramping, and joint pain.
Many people are also sensitive to gluten. The immune system responds to gluten as if it was an intruder in the body. If you are sensitive, eating the required daily allowance of cereals and grains with gluten will eventually wear down the immune system and disrupt metabolism, again setting the stage for systemic inflammation and physical impairments, and cause a snowball effect of other sensitivities.
The best treatment to prevent these impairments and detoxify your body is to pay attention to what you are eating, decrease amounts of processed foods and sugars, eat more natural foods, avoid drugs, get plenty of sleep and exercise, drink lots of water, and pay attention to your emotional health. Taking supplements of multivitamins and mineral complexes with essential fatty acids are also important. Listen to your body and make changes. Live well.
Tracy Devall, PT